I learned the Reggio Emilia Approach and some of the Montessori pedagogy early in my teaching career. I love student centered teaching, using student interests to guide their learning and individualized structure meeting the varying needs of each student. These methods also uses positive redirection, rigorous growth and natural consequences in order to create healthy boundaries, set and work toward short/long term goals and keep the interactions positive. The relationship between the student and teacher can determine the overall success so it is imperative for me to demonstrate respect, patience and compassion to each student. I understand trust is a major component of the relationship too, particularly in the water with those little ones a little more hesitant. I know it is built at different paces; I am receptive to these factors working through new techniques and strokes. Students needing stroke correction I use more of a coaching-like strategy. Whatever age and ability I prioritize the student teacher relationship. Overall, learning the student's individual process and being adaptable to it is my goal for the most successful lessons.
I began teaching approximately 10 years ago as a resource teacher and substitute at a small private school for 4 years. I fell in love with teaching and the Reggio Emilia Approach which centers around the student and his/her needs, individuality and interests to create self motivated, engaged students. I have carried these values through the years from teaching preschool, swimming lessons and teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. After initially substitute teaching I had my own preschool classroom. When I decided to go back to school I needed more flexibility and went to a private gym, got Red Cross Certified to teaching swimming and AEA certified to teach water aerobics. Once I completed my degree from OSU I started teaching 7th and 8th grade Reading and Language Arts with the Tulsa Public Schools in an alternative school. I loved teaching and the water so much I continued swimming lessons in the summer months privately at people's home pools.
I have three kids that all love Andrea. She is an incredible communicator, very level headed, creative, and you can tell she genuinely cares about and connects with kids.
Andrea was fabulous with our 2 year old Hudson! He’s 3.5 now & still wants to play the games & sing the songs Andrea taught us in the pool. Very focused on skills & rules for water safety while making it fun for the kiddos. Also very accommodating, even with special requests like when I asked for a few hours of life guarding during a family friendly pool party. You’ll love her!
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